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Former redistricting commissioner raises $50K for council race

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A former member of the Redistricting Commission has reached the $50,000 fundraising benchmark in his bid to be the next councilman of the Ninth District.

A former member of the city's Redistricting Commission has become the fourth candidate to raise $50,000 in the 2013 race to replace Councilwoman Jan Perry.

David Roberts reached the financial benchmark yesterday, according to the Ethics Commission. The other three candidates to reach the $50,000 mark are LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara, Assemblyman Mike Davis and Ana Cubas, the former chief-of-staff to Councilman Jose Huizar. Hara leads the pack with more than $117,000 in his campaign fund.

“This campaign is going to be about making South L.A. the vibrant and successful community I know it can be," Roberts said. "I am thrilled that so many of my fellow Angelenos feel the same way."

Earlier this year, Roberts served on the Redistricting Commission as an appointee of Perry. The Ninth District ultimately lost most of its downtown assets, though it kept Staples Center and picked up the University of Southern California. 

Roberts was most recently the associate director of governmental relations at USC. He previously worked for city Councilmen Mark Ridley-Thomas and Bernard Parks.

The primary is set for March of next year, with a runoff in June. 

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